Homes for the Holidays
Every January, shelters across the country are over run with adolescent puppies and kittens that were purchased as holiday gifts. While the idea of surprising the family with a Christmas kitty of a Hanukkah hound may sound appealing, most holiday shoppers are ill-prepared for the work and chaos a new pet can impose on an already hectic time of the year. But what about holiday pets that are adopted from shelters? Do they find themselves back at the pound with the impulse purchases gone wrong?
Surprisingly, new studies show that pets who are adopted and given as gifts almost NEVER get returned to the shelter! The reasons for this are not clear. Perhaps shoppers are more impulsive than adopters, perhaps adoptees are more likely to be older, and past the demanding (and often destructive) baby phase. But for once, the statistics favor the animals, and thatâ€™s a good thing!
If you are thinking of adding a new pet to your family, consider adopting one of the many sweethearts in our shelters. It is always wise to enlist the help of a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, or an animal behaviorist to help you select a pet that will suit your family. There are thousands of animals, including pure breeds, right here in Miami that would love one of Santaâ€™s special helpers to give them a home for the holidays!